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Lewis Hamilton issues defiant ‘fight’ warning ahead of F1 Mexican Grand Prix


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Lewis Hamilton has warned Red Bull that Mercedes are ready to ‘take the fight to them’ this weekend.

The Brit is currently preparing for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix, a race he’s won twice in the past.

Hamilton was left disappointed after he was disqualified from last week’s US Grand Prix, having originally finished second behind Max Verstappen.

But the Brit is hoping to bounce back from that and feels Mercedes are capable of challenging Red Bull.

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Lewis Hamilton feels he can beat Max Verstappen at the Mexican Grand Prix this weekend


He said: “I definitely think it’s always difficult to be able to say, ‘hey, it’s going to be good here, it’s going to be good there.’

“But we have definitely taken a step forward and over these next four races I can’t predict which one we’re going to be closer and which one we may or may not be further away.

“I think we were close here last year, so hopefully we’ll be a little bit closer maybe this weekend.

“If we get the strategy right this weekend, maybe we can really take the fight to them.”

He added: “And then Brazil was a great circuit for us last year, and if it turns out we’re closer again there, then that’s two great strong races for us.

“And then when you go to Abu Dhabi, I think the gap gets bigger again, so it’s these next two that I think we have our best chance.”

Beating Red Bull and Max Verstappen will be no easy task, however.

Christian Horner’s side are the sport’s dominant force right now, having won 18 out of 19 races so far.

But Hamilton will be hoping for a repeat of his triumphs in 2016 and 2019 as he looks for a first win since 2022.

Verstappen has won in Mexico on four separate occasions.

Yet despite his fine form he sounded doubtful when quizzed on his prospects of more glory.

“I personally don’t think this is our best track on the calendar,” the Dutchman said.

“Looking at the behaviour of our car this year, with the low-speed corners and the kerbing as well, our car’s just not very good on that.

“So I do expect it to be tough, especially over one lap.

“The race, I don’t really know. Normally we’ve been always quite decent in race trim, but over one lap I do think it’s going to be quite a tight battle.

“Not only Mercedes, I think Ferrari as well, McLaren – lately they’ve been very strong as well over one lap.”

Meanwhile, regarding Hamilton, the Stevenage-born racer has also claimed other cars should have been disqualified at last week’s US Grand Prix.

He claims to have heard from ‘several sources’ that others were found guilty of breaching F1 rules.

“I’ve heard from several different sources that there were a lot of other cars that were also illegal,” he said.

“But they weren’t tested, so they got away with it.”


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Lewis Hamilton was gutted at being disqualified from last weekend’s US Grand Prix


“I’ve been racing here 16 years, there’s been times where there’s been many other scenarios like this where some people got away with certain things, and some people have just been unlucky they got tested.

“So I think ultimately there probably needs to be some sort of better structure in terms of making sure it’s fair and even across the board.”

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